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COVID-19 Vaccination Information

The information on this page is designed to serve UC San Diego campus employees and students. UC San Diego Health employees should refer to the Pulse Intranet for targeted updates.

Vaccination Eligibility

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Free COVID-19 vaccines are available to all UC San Diego students, faculty and staff at RIMAC—no appointment necessary. We encourage all employees and students to get vaccinated as quickly as possible in order to protect the health and well-being of our campus community and our regional population.

The vaccination process at UC San Diego Health’s RIMAC Vaccination Station is simple, quick and easy to navigate. The entire process usually takes less than 30 minutes. There is no charge for the vaccine. Bring your campus ID or offer of employment letter.

If you prefer, you may also schedule an appointment at RIMAC directly.

For those who have received their first dose through UC San Diego Health and have not received a scheduling ticket for their second dose within three days, please email rtl@ucsd.edu.

RIMAC Vaccination Site

The RIMAC Vaccination Site currently serves patients, employees, students and eligible members of the public. We are asking that everyone in our Triton community get fully vaccinated by June 1, 2021, as the RIMAC Vaccination Station is scheduled to permanently close the following day. 

Recreation, Intramural and Athletic Complex (RIMAC)

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  • Open daily from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Parking: Hopkins Parking Structure at 9746 Hopkins Drive, La Jolla. Map and driving directions 
    • From the parking structure, take elevators or stairs to the 7th floor, cross the bridge, and follow signs to RIMAC. ADA parking is available at a different lot. Follow traffic signs or attendant instructions.
    • Public transportation: Several bus routes serve the UC San Diego campus, with free rides available from MTS.
  • This is not a drive through site. You must park and walk in for your vaccination.
  • Serving: Primarily vaccination-eligible UC San Diego Health patients as well as UC San Diego employees, students and eligible members of the public. 
  • Vaccinations are provided at no cost to employees, students and patients through UC San Diego Health.

Walk-Up RIMAC Vaccination Schedule

The RIMAC Vaccination Station administers two doses (21 days apart) of the Pfizer vaccine or two doses (28 days apart) of the Moderna vaccine. Upon request, a single dose of Johnson & Johnson vaccine can be administered instead.

  • Wednesday May 12th – Pfizer
  • Thursday, May 13th – Pfizer
  • Friday, May 14th – Pfizer
  • Saturday, May 15th – Moderna
  • Sunday, May 16th – Pfizer
  • Monday May 17th – CLOSED
  • Tuesday, May 18th – CLOSED
  • Wednesday, May 19th – Pfizer
  • Thursday, May 20th – Pfizer
  • Friday, May 21st – Pfizer
  • Saturday, May 22nd – Moderna
  • Sunday, May 23rd – Pfizer

Alternative Vaccination Options

We are encouraging all eligible individuals to seek the most immediate vaccination opportunity that arrives. Please register on California’s MyTurn website or check the CDC’s VaccineFinder website for more appointment options to meet your needs.  

Option 1:

Schedule an appointment with your healthcare provider, if offered

You may be contacted by your healthcare provider if you receive health care elsewhere other than UC San Diego Health. We encourage you to set up an appointment and get vaccinated through them if they can vaccinate you sooner.

Option 2:

Schedule an appointment at a San Diego County location

As a UC San Diego employee, you are eligible to obtain a vaccine from the County of San Diego. Appointment information for County vaccination stations.

Option 3:

Schedule an appointment with an affiliated pharmacy

  • San Diego County is partnering with numerous health care providers and organizations at locations across the region. To check for open appointments, go to San Diego County Vaccination Appointments.
  • Many pharmacy chains and supermarket pharmacies are participating in the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program for COVID-19 Vaccination. You can check for open appointments on their websites.

UC Vaccination Proposed Policy

The University of California is currently considering a policy that would require students, faculty, academic appointees and staff who are accessing campus facilities at any UC location beginning this fall to be immunized against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. The requirement would go into effect once a vaccine has full approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and there is widespread availability of at least one vaccine. Those who do not receive a vaccination on campus or provide proof of vaccination by another provider may be subject to additional safety measures.

With an increasing number of people expected to return to UC locations, vaccination is essential for the safety and well-being of the community. Additionally, physical distancing, mask-wearing and frequent handwashing and cleaning will continue to be crucial for daily campus life. For questions or comments about the proposed policy, please contact CovidVaccinePolicyComments@ucop.edu.

About COVID-19 Vaccines

Three COVID-19 vaccines — from Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson — are available for adults in the U.S. The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are given in two doses, approximately 21 days apart for the Pfizer vaccine and approximately 28 days apart for the Moderna vaccine. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is given in one dose. All three vaccines are extremely effective at preventing severe illness for COVID-19 within a few weeks of receiving the complete dosage, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). UC San Diego Health is currently administering Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. For more details, see UC San Diego Health’s Vaccine FAQs.

 

Volunteer

Because of the outpouring of support and interest in volunteering, UC San Diego Health is not currently accepting applications to volunteer at vaccination sites while we process the applications already received. UC San Diego Health will reopen the volunteer portal if we need additional volunteer support. If you have already applied or been cleared to volunteer, you can log in to check on your application or schedule volunteer shifts.

After Your Vaccination

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Fully vaccinated, and in some instances unvaccinated, individuals are no longer required to wear masks in certain outdoor settings and situations. As the virus spreads more easily indoors, everyone, regardless of vaccination status, is required to mask in indoor settings except for one's primary residence.

Employees and students should also continue to complete the daily symptom and exposure screener, if physically coming to campus. This should be done to ensure maximum protection for all, including those who have not yet been vaccinated. It is also recommended to activate the state's CA Notify tool on your smartphone to learn about possible exposure.

The CDC issued new guidelines for fully vaccinated individuals, defined as those who have passed the 14-day mark after receiving two doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Fully vaccinated individuals are permitted to gather indoors in small groups with fully vaccinated people without wearing a mask. You can gather indoors with unvaccinated people from one other household (for example, visiting with relatives who all live together) without masks, unless any of those people or anyone they live with has an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.

A COVID-19 vaccine protects you from getting seriously ill from COVID-19. But researchers don't know yet whether it will prevent you from getting and spreading the coronavirus to others, or how long immunity will last.  If you become symptomatic after vaccination, get tested. If you have been exposed to the virus or have been in contact with someone who has the virus, get tested.

For more information on what to expect after your vaccination and what precautions to continue, see the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s page on What to Expect.